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SPD to host Coffee with a Cop at Forza Coffee Company on Dec. 17

SPD to host Coffee with a Cop at Forza Coffee Company on Dec. 17

The Spokane Police Department will hold their next Coffee with a Cop event on Wednesday, December 17, from 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. at Forza Coffee Company at 2829 E. 29th.

Citizens attending this event can expect to engage with both leaders and officers from SPD's South Precinct. free coffee will be provided courtesy of Forza, and an officer will be available to show and demonstrate the use of a body camera to attendees.

The department will also be giving away "Club" vehicle anti-theft devices to individuals with the following vehicle makes and models:

 

  • Honda Civic and Accord, model years 1983 through 2005
  • Toyota Camry, model years 1984 through 2005
  • Subaru Legacy, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Jeep Cherokee, model years 1985 through 2000
  • Ford Explorer, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Dodge Caravan, model years 1985 through 2010
  • Ford Escape, model years 1990 through 2000
  • Subaru Impreza, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Nissan Sentra, model years 1985 through 2000

 

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Working 4 you: Strategize your weight loss

2015 is fast approaching, and for many people that means it'll soon be time to focus on weight loss goals. And you can make your weight loss efforts just a little more effortless by doing some strategizing.�

No one is immune to temptation from foods we shouldn't be eating. That's especially true when you're just mindlessly snacking. You grab a bag of potato chips, then suddenly the whole bag is gone.�

Brian Wansink is the founder of Cornell University's food and brand lab, and he says, unfortunately, sheer will power doesn't work for 90% of people. He says changing your environment is much more effective.�

So when you're low on will power, as we all are at times, first try putting fresh fruit on the counter. Research shows that if you have a fruit bowl on the counter people will eat twice as much fruit as they normally would. The key is putting the bowl in a heavily traveled pathway, and make sure it's the only food allowed on the counter.�

Gonzaga honored for civic engagement, community service

Gonzaga honored for civic engagement, community service

Gonzaga University has earned three prestigious awards for civic engagement and community service. The Seattle-based Raikes Foundation, the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Values at Florida State University, and the Corporation for National and Community Service – a federal agency – all honored Gonzaga, and particularly its Center for Community Action and Service-Learning (CCASL) for exemplary mentoring, service and community engagement programs.

 

“These honors are especially meaningful as CCASL celebrates 20 years of providing Gonzaga students with formative service experiences while partnering with the community to help address critical needs,” said Judi Biggs Garbuio, vice president for student development. “The program has evolved to be a signature component of the Gonzaga experience for many students, and we know the impact on Spokane and other communities is considerable.”

Eastern State Hospital found in contempt of court

One of Washington's largest state agencies starts the work week facing new legal problems and costly fines from a Spokane judge. � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �

Eastern State Hospital was found to be in contempt of court for moving too slowly to evaluate the sanity of inmates inside the Spokane County Jail.

The state hospital is accused of taking weeks and sometimes months to find out if suspected criminals are too mentally ill to stand trial.

Last December, a woman who was waiting for a court ordered mental health evaluation committed suicide before she could be evaluated by Eastern State doctors.

Attorneys in Spokane's public defender's office say state law requires their clients have their sanity evaluated with in seven days after the hospital receives the patient's case file.

Eastern State officials say they've seen a huge increase in the number of mental health referrals and staffing and funding shortage have made it impossible to keep up with demand.

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Working 4 you: Stay healthy through the holidays

Christmas is coming up next week, and that means even more Christmas functions to come. And it can be difficult to resist overindulging on all that great food.�

Experts say moderation is the key to staying healthy this holiday season. It's important to remember the holidays bring out a lot of food that you're not used to eating, and eating too much can cause a rapid increase of cholesterol, weight gain and laziness.�

Top personal trainers spoke with Yahoo News and gave tips for staying fit and healthy through the holidays.�

First, never attend a party, business dinner or cocktail event hungry. Make sure you eat a substantial snack filled with fiber and protein before attending such an event. It will help you stick to your diet much easier.�

When attending events with open bars, sometimes you lose track of how many drinks you've had. Make sure that you're putting down your cocktail and drinking a glass of water every 30 minutes. It helps you slow down, gives your liver a break and saves you a few hundred calories and grams of sugar over the course of the night.�

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts Fund, in partnership with the Gold Star Families, the City of Spokane, and the Spokane Public Facilities District seeks an artist, or artist team residing in Washington and Idaho, to develop a memorial honoring fallen heroes that have served post- 9/11.

 

The memorial will be sited on the south side of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The selected artist or artist team will work with Spokane Arts Fund, The Spokane Public Facilities District staff, and the representatives from the Gold Star Families from design through construction of the project. During the design phase, representatives from the Gold Star Families will heavily inform the process.

 

The artist will work with Spokane Arts Fund, the Gold Star Families and the Spokane Public Facilities District to develop a permanent public art memorial for the Spokane Arena. The desired artistic approach will create a sculptural plaza that suggests a place where people will gather for a variety of observances and events. The artwork should represent and be inclusive of all Armed Services with particular attention to post 9/11 fallen heroes.

WSU regents approve designs for University District Health Clinic in Spokane

WSU regents approve designs for University District Health Clinic in Spokane

The Spokane Teaching Health Center’s University District Health Clinic came closer to becoming a reality this morning with approval of schematic designs by the Washington State University Board of Regents.

 

STHC is a consortium of WSU, Providence Health Care and Empire Health Foundation.

 

The clinic will serve as the teaching health center for graduate medical education, or residencies, in Spokane and provide primary health care services to the community at low or no cost. Located on the WSU Spokane campus, the clinic will also provide inter-professional training for students on the Spokane campus.

 

Construction is expected to begin in early 2015.